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find myself liking a "cheap" bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lee H, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA
    I recently pickup a used Peavy Millennium at the Roseville/Sacramento flea mart. it was $80, so I figured I was not losing much if I didn't like it ..

    Now I am really wondering why squires get the love on here, instead of peavy. This Millennium is light and plays very well. I have it hanging next to a MIM fender jazz, and at the risk of pissing off the fender fans, the peavy is a nicer playing bass. It may just be me, but I also think it has more power/volume then the fender (both are passive).

    My cheap impulse buy has become something I am enjoying, and would take to a gig, and I haven't even changed the strings, yet.
    Why is peavy so often overlooked?
  2. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Just be thankfull that people like us can take advantage of this.
    Peavey is so underated, yes they have clunkers but an american made peavey i will choose over a squier anytime.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I think if more Guitar Centers would carry them they would be more popular and give Fender a run for their money I love Peavey their value to cost ratio has always been through the roof.
  4. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    Squiers get the love because they look just like Fenders. Same reason SX gets the love and a lot of people got bummed when they changed the headstock.
  5. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Play what you like and like what you play.
  6. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Peavey has always made good basses, USA or Asian. Lots of people have gotten over the stigma. Like me (not that I ever had it ) I have 5 Peaveys. They are as good as any I have owned, and, yes, I have owned the "popular" brands.
  7. I almost ended up with a Peavey bass a while back, but it sold before I got back to it.

    MY first band was rhythm guitar powered by me on a Japanese strat clone and a Peavey amp. I liked that combination well enough, and had no complaints.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    An advantage Squier has is the availability of replacement parts. Fender type necks, pickups and hardware usually bolts right on, or there are Squier specific upgrades available (such as J sets with the correct mount screw spacing). Peaveys lack the Fender recognition, and do not have bolt on upgrades as available (for the most part depending on the model). I like Peavey as well and would go with a US made instrument more often given the choice, but I'm a tinkerer so Squier gets my attention.
  9. nolezmaj

    nolezmaj Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Because Fender invests a lot of money in brand marketing, making it (and also Squier - a sub-brand) very desirable.
    I believe they get that money back with higher prices, so if you want best quality/price ratio and dont care about trends, look elsewhere - i.e. Peavey ;-)
  10. Cirk


    Jan 16, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    So the long story short here is that you found a bargain on a bass that performs well for you... Great job!
  11. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    I have one, it really is a decent bass. The pickguard and jackplate screws are cheap-looking metal, and the pickup screws aren't great either, but those are really the worst things about that bass's quality.

    I did turn it into a luxury brand bass, though, by gluing fabric and tags from a Burberry jacket to the body and headstock.
  12. I love my Peavey millennium I've had friends with much more expensive basses that where blown away with it. I think that as long as you enjoy the bass it doesn't matter if it costs 100 dollars or 1000 dollars.
  13. They're nice basses for sure - I almost went for a super gorgeous AC BXP5 in black-violet I saw at a music store, but it would have made my Ibby SR's jealous. :p :D
  14. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    In answer to OP - PEavy has made good ones and bad ones. I have played some I thought were just great. Good catch - $80 is less than some folks spend on a set of string or a cable. Now you need an expensive looking case for it :)
  15. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I've come very close to buying a few Peaveys, a Fury and a Millennium, but I was short on cash at the time. If Peavey made a medium scale I'd be all over it. When I decide to pull the trigger on a 5 sting I'll probably get a Millennium AC BXP.
  16. highway


    Aug 20, 2008
    i love getting my hands on anything inexpensive . . . only sold my fury, because it made me $30
  17. this 100%

    my strings costs $35 for a pack typically, and cables/straps are ludicrously pricey.

    Buy an amazing case and nobody will be the wiser.
  18. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    I've owned a bunch of expensive basses over the years, like Lakland Skyline, a few Ernie Balls, and eventually I whittled them all down to a StingRay 5. Simply based on color alone (gold sparkle... had the itch for a sparkle) I picked up a used US-made Millennium, and from then on, I've been a Peavey fanatic. I still own the SR5, but it stays in the case, while I regularly gig my 3 Peaveys- 2 GV's and a Fury P. I couldn't be happier, and I have maybe $1k invested in all 3 basses. Peavey makes some phenomenal stuff, but I think people have a negative attitude toward them based on the low price. I haven't played a Peavey (including an import Fury V I noodled on the other day) that I didn't like. They fly under the radar, and I for one am thankful because it leads to mega-deals.
  19. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I have an Indonesian made Millennium BXP5 and it's a better bass than my Indonesian made Squier VM Jazz.
    Better fret work, mainly, though I find the tuners kinda cheapish.
    An easy fix.

    And a useable bass for $80 that sounds good is a bargain.
    I've gigged mine many times.

    Peavey just doesn't have the cache that more mainstream brands have.
    They're better known for amps and PA gear, but do/did make quite good instruments, for the most part.
  20. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    KPJ ---

    Squiers get the love because they look just like Fenders. Same reason SX gets the love and a lot of people got bummed when they changed the headstock.

    Ha, Ha, Ha- F-word or Quality,
    That's the perspective...